The Sahitya Akademi, India’s premier literary institution, has once again recognized and celebrated outstanding literary contributions with the prestigious ‘Bal Sahitya Puraskar‘ for the year 2023. This time, the honor has been conferred upon Dilip Nongmaithem, an accomplished author in the Manipuri language, for his remarkable work titled “Ibemma Amasung Ngabemma.” This award is a testament to his profound storytelling and significant impact on children’s literature.
The Selection Process
The selection process for the Bal Sahitya Puraskar is a rigorous one, ensuring that only the most deserving authors receive this esteemed recognition. In this instance, a panel of distinguished literary experts comprising three members, namely Dr. Hamom Nabachandra Singha, Dr. Khundongbam Gokulchandra Singh, and Prof. Naorem Bidyasagar Singha, played a pivotal role in evaluating the nominated works.
Dilip Nongmaithem’s book, “Ibemma Amasung Ngabemma,” stood out among the submissions and garnered unanimous acclaim from the jury. This acknowledgment highlights not only the quality of the writing but also the impact it is likely to have on young readers. It is a testament to Mr. Nongmaithem’s ability to engage and inspire children through his storytelling.
A Multi-Talented Author
Beyond his literary prowess, Dilip Nongmaithem is a multifaceted individual. He retired as an Assistant Engineer from the Public Health Engineering Department, showcasing his dedication to public service. Moreover, Mr. Nongmaithem is an accomplished senior lawn tennis player, having represented India on both national and international platforms. This recognition underscores the multifaceted talents and contributions of the recipients of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
The Significance of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar
The Bal Sahitya Puraskar holds a special place in the literary landscape of India. Instituted in 2010, it is specifically dedicated to honoring writers for their exceptional contributions to the field of children’s literature. The award is not confined to any single language but encompasses all 22 languages recognized in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian constitution, as well as works in English and Rajasthani languages.
The accolade itself consists of an engraved copper-plaque, symbolizing the recognition of the author’s literary achievement, and a monetary prize of ₹50,000, which further supports and encourages their creative endeavors. It is an acknowledgment of the profound impact that authors like Dilip Nongmaithem have on shaping young minds and fostering a love for literature from an early age.